Good morning! How's everyone?
I am happy to report another two pounds off, for a total of seven now. Yay!
I had, of course, hoped for another amazing total, but there is nothing wrong with losing two pounds this week. It's actually quite amazing in itself, considering how long I've been stuck at the starting gate.
I am still using the DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). This is a diet loaded with grains, fruits and vegetables. I have found the process fascinating and it's the kind of thing I need. In the beginning it is intensively time-consuming and requires a lot of planning and preparation. Now, though, after the first couple of weeks I have put it in a form for myself that simplifies it to the point of being nearly routine.
Once I've studied the information that includes all the nutrient counts and sodium counts, I know that I can keep that information stashed away and just take the menu in its simplest form.
I've been keeping all the information in a binder, after printing off each day's menu and punching the sheets with a three-ring punch. I have a two-week menu -- three meals a day for 14 days. At the end of the two weeks I'll recycle from the beginning.
It FEELS like an awful lot of food. I honestly have not been hungry one minute while doing this. Also, it FEELS like I am constantly eating because the food is not quick stuff-your-mouth-and-be-done food. It takes me quite a lot longer to eat oatmeal, whole wheat toast and whole fruits than it did to scarf down a breakfast burrito, for example. (And those were my weakness.)
My blood sugar levels seem to be at an optimal level, too, staying fairly even throughout the day. This is purely self reporting as I don't monitor my levels objectively. But I think we know to some extent if things are working the way they should be or not.
I have not had any cravings since I've been feeding my body right. No sweating it out wondering if I can cheat and have X, Y or Z.
I'll keep you posted as I continue. For now, though, I think I've found my kick-start to get where I need to be.
How has your week gone?